Embossing on the Zing!

The above thank you card is my test of the new Zing embossing tool on cardstock. I have a method for obtaining a thicker-than-normal embossed line that I describe below. I highly recommend it when embossing cardstock as it is an easy way to get a great look!

Smooth cardstock
Zing Embossing Tool
Embossing mat
Coordinating ribbon

(1) For an embossing mat, I use a 12″ x 12″ cut of Duck Brand solid shelf liner with repositionable adhesive applied to the top. The mat was pressed to the top of my Zing mat, with the sticky side up. Then the cardstock was pressed to the top of the embossing mat.
(2) In Make The Cut, I imported two heart shapes from the Basic Shapes. I used Times New Roman to type the word Thanks.
(3) To make the thicker embossed outline, I used the Shadow function and created both an Inline and an Outline, both only 0.01″ thick. This then forces the embossing tool to do three different outlines, but very close together, creating an overall thicker embossed line.
(4) For embossing on the Zing, I used a force of 130, speed of 10, and 3 passes. I used the larger end of the embossing tool. After embossing, I cut out the card, while it was still on the embossing mat. If you are diligent about making sure the blade tip isn’t extended beyond the thickness of the cardstock, you can cut out shapes using this same shelf liner mat. (Thank you to Michelle Hessler of Paper Threads for that tip!) The photo below shows a close-up of the embossing.
(5) I then used a Scor-Pal to create a center fold for the card and added ribbon to the top and bottom.